Driver was drunk at time of fatal Berrien County crash: Sheriff’s Department

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 17:12:02-05

NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says that the driver of a vehicle that crashed in a Niles Township creek had a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit.

Autumn Mehl and Steven Rough were found dead in the vehicle, which was upside down in Brandywine Creek in the area of Bond and Fort streets.

Mehl, who was driving, had a BAC of .14, according to the sheriff’s office.  The legal limit in Michigan is .08.

Mehl and Rough were reported missing Saturday.  They were last seen leaving a bar earlier that night.

The vehicle was located at about 9 a.m. Sunday.